Becoming a grandfather spurs Prince Charles environmental beliefs

The Prince of Wales has spoken about how the prospect of becoming a grandfather is spurring his environmental beliefs.

Charles, who has long campaigned on environmental issues, told ITV's This Morning that he did not want the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's child, due to be born next summer, to ask him why he had not done more to tackle issues such as climate change.

In an interview at Clarence House with presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, he said: "I've gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the long term in relation to the environmental damage, climate change and everything else.

"We don't, in a sensible world, want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren, to leave them with the real problem.

"I don't want to be confronted by my future grandchild and [have] them say: 'Why didn't you do something?' So clearly now that we will have a grandchild, it makes it even more obvious to try and make sure we leave them something that isn't a total poisoned chalice."

Whilst I may not be a staunch royalist this is certainly a key motivator for me - when I look at our children and think of their future, our efforts NOW are a given must.  Whatever we can do big or small it makes sense at every level one looks at it from Social to environmental and even as the earlier report today reminds us from an economic point of view too.